Civitatis Creates Ranking of the 20 largest U.S. Cities by Christmas Cheer

December 18 19:24 2020

In a year where perhaps we need a little bit of cheer, Civitatis has produced a Christmas Cheer Index, ranking the 20 largest cities in the USA according to how Christmassy each one is!

At this time of year, it’s a common debate amongst friends from all around the country. New York has the Rockefeller Centre Christmas tree, and have Home Alone 2: the best over Christmas, no doubt, says one. Try the Christkindl Market, incredible says the Chicagoan, and so on and so on forever…

So to put the eternal debate to rest, Civitatis decided to put their analytical side to work, and came up with a way of quantifying the Christmassy-ness of each of the USA’s 20 largest cities. So when the topic comes up this December, Civitatis has already provided the cold hard facts to point to.

And the winner? Denver! 

The city scored highly on snowfall (as might be expected!) with a 58% chance of a magical white Christmas! But that’s not all the Colorado capital has to offer, in Denver, locals can enjoy 34 long days of Christmas lights before the big day on the 25th of December – second on our list. And it also comes in second for most Christmas markets per person, illuminating us all with cheer!

Not far behind comes Seattle, where the huge number of Christmas markets per person (16 per million in population) means hands will be kept warm by mulled wine, while souls are kept warm by the cheer! And Chicago is not to be outdone on lights – they get the party started a full 35 days before the big event: a clear demonstration of Holiday spirit!

At the other end of the scale, the large population means the markets and malls are spread thin, and the year-round sun is a negative for once meaning it comes at the bottom of the list. And slightly surprising is the city of New York, in at number 13. Although it’s got attractions aplenty, markets and shopping and lights famous around the world, its large population knocks it down the rankings somewhat: although it’s got Christmas spirit, New Yorkers have to share!

For the full list, check out the Civitatis blog.

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